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It's time for the world's major championship this week. It's time for the 2016 Open Championship...or maybe the British Open. Whatever the name, it's links golf at Royal Troon, and that has us excited.
The Scottish Open came to a thrilling finish, while the PGA Tour was forced into the rare off week by the flooding in West Virginia that cancelled The Greenbrier Classic. We have our top 15 picks for you for free, and our GNN Plus subscribers get a ton more information!
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2016 British Open Championship top 15 picks
1. Dustin Johnson -- Won two in a row and is playing the best golf of his life. His length will be an asset going out with the predominant trade winds and coming in against it. He has a surprisingly strong Open record.
2. Jason Day -- Day is built for tough golf courses, and he found himself in contention late at the U.S. Open and at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
3. Adam Scott -- If there's a modern horse for the British Open, it's Adam Scott. He's a top-15 machine in this championship. He plays links golf well. He should have won one (2012) by now.
4. Jordan Spieth -- A native Texan, Spieth makes a lot of sense in windy conditions. He was a shot out of the three-man playoff here last year.
5. Rory McIlroy -- Normally, I run away from Rory McIlroy in potentially windy conditions, which is Troon's primary defense for half the course (you pick the half). However, McIlroy took on tough conditions to win his first Irish Open earlier this year. If rain continues to soften the course, McIlroy is going to be a big fan of Troon.
6. Danny Willett -- Willett has proven he's a strong bad-weather player, demonstrating his ability to grind out good scores at a tough Masters. Look for that to continue.
7. Zach Johnson -- The defending champion could easily rank higher. Not only does he have a very strong Open Championship record -- one of three players to make the cut in each of the last five years -- but he showed very nicely at Oakmont.
8. Matt Kuchar -- Kuchar is playing tremendously consistent golf. He's been in the top six in five of his last six starts. His low ball flight works well for the Open. His fade doesn't really, but he makes it work with good past results.
9. Sergio Garcia -- If Sergio Garcia is going to win a major championship, it's going to be the Open. He almost beat Padraig Harrington in a playoff in 2007. He has the imagination to play this style of golf. He was in it at the Open until a few rough holes in the middle of the final nine at Oakmont.
10. Branden Grace -- Grace seems to continue to fly under the radar in golf's biggest events despite the growing body of evidence that he can and will continue to shine in majors. He's got a grit about his game that isn't flashy but puts him on the first or second page of the leaderboard at the end.
11. Lee Westwood -- Westwood has found himself in it deep in both of the first two majors of this year. It seems his decision to focus on the European Tour and taking more time away from competitive golf has been helping.
12. Charl Schwartzel -- Schwartzel has developed a good Open record, and he had a solid showing at the U.S. Open. He was T-7 two years ago.
13. Phil Mickelson -- Mickelson had an encouraging finish at Castle Stuart in the Scottish Open. He's a past champion here, of course. More importantly, the Open has been the most friendly major to players over 35 in recent years.
14. Hideki Matsuyama -- Matsuyama is on a slide of late, but he's played very well this season in windy and difficult conditions, including a T-6 at Bay Hill, T-7 at the Masters and T-7 at The Players.
15. Graeme McDowell -- Just like last week, consider this a hunch. McDowell is all or nothing, so he may not be great in certain games, but if you need a value player who could rack up a lot of points, he's your guy.
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1. Adam Scott - $10,600
2. Danny Willett - $9,200
3. Zach Johnson - $8,100
4. Charl Schwartzel - $7,800
5. Nicolas Colsaerts - $7,200
6. David Lingmerth - $6,700
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